𝗔𝗱𝗺𝗶𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗜𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿𝘃𝗶𝗲𝘄𝘀 𝗦𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗲𝘀 𝟯-𝗣𝘀𝘆𝗰𝗵𝗼𝗹𝗼𝗴𝘆 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗠𝗲𝗱𝗶𝗰𝗶𝗻𝗲
This time, we'd like to discuss interview tips for psychology and medicine.
Interviewers will usually apply concepts learned in GCSE or A-level to the questions, and these questions which may sound strange. This is to assess how candidates approaches problems, particularly how they deal with not knowing the answer right away. There are no correct or incorrect answers because these questions are designed to assess candidates' logical thinking and reasoning skills, as well as their ability to express their thoughts clearly. Interviewers may continue to ask questions based on the answers, turning the interview into a discussion, in order to determine whether candidates are suited to the tutorial system at Oxbridge and the demands of the course.
To prepare well, we strongly advise candidates to begin their preparation as soon as possible and to practice "tutorial" style interviews with professional coaches.
𝙎𝙖𝙢𝙥𝙡𝙚 𝙋𝙨𝙮𝙘𝙝𝙤𝙡𝙤𝙜𝙮 𝙌𝙪𝙚𝙨𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙨 1. Why do human beings have two eyes? 2. How would you conceptualise an emotion 3. How could you design an experiment to see if babies can recognise faces/if faces are special compared to other shapes/objects? 4. Should interviews be used for selection? 5. An experiment appears to suggest Welsh speakers are worse at remembering phone numbers than English speakers. Why? 6. What is 'normal' for humans?
𝙎𝙖𝙢𝙥𝙡𝙚 𝙈𝙚𝙙𝙞𝙘𝙞𝙣𝙚 𝙌𝙪𝙚𝙨𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙨 1. Can you describe an experiment to differentiate between a normal and a multi-resistant strain of bacteria? 2. What would life be like without enzymes? 3. Why is it a disadvantage for humans to have two legs? 4. How is a city like a cell? 5. Why don’t we just have one ear in the middle of our face? 6. How would you design a better brain?
One additional tip: Oxbridge invitation will often provide the interviewers' names. It is a good idea to conduct brief research on the professors' backgrounds to better equip yourself mentally and academically.
Good luck everyone!